There is a River…

there is a river

that flows in between my heart

and cuts through my soul

a billboard stands in the middle

bearing the following inscription

swim here to reach the hunchbackª¹

 

i always jump in to swim

trying to reach the hunchbackª¹

but it’s strong waves push me

onto the bank under a mugumoª²

and look back at the inscription

swim here to reach the hunchbackª¹

 

I will not lose hope

I will put more gallant efforts

when in this river of life

and I know that I will

swim here to reach the hunchbackª¹

 

———Stephen M. Mutuku———

swimming-river

MEANING OF THE WORDS IN BLUE

  1.  Hunchbackª¹ – The name of God as used in Okot P’ Bitek’s, “Song of Lawino.”
  2.  Mugumoª² – A natural tree which the Kikuyu community of Kenya believe to be their traditional place of worship.
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